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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Congratulations to my buddy Rick Atchley for receiving the "Distinguished Alumnus" award last night from Abilene Christian University. There was a special presentation during the evening service at Richland Hills. Milt, Max, and I got to participate by sending video clips. Rick Atchley is one of the most consistent people I've ever met in my life--as a family guy, as a disciple, as a friend, and as a preacher. His life is a witness to the importance of prayer, of integrity, and of unity. - - - - Yesterday was the last day of my fall class at ACU on "The Life and Teachings of Jesus." This has been one of my favorite groups ever, full of eager students. And a few not-so-eager, of course. Yesterday to prepare for the final exam, I walked through our textbook with them: Lee Camp's Mere Discipleship. I was reminded of what an amazing book it is. - - - - Eight days until the opening of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." We have our tickets. Do you have yours? - - - - This weekend we're traveling to Dallas for the Tournament of Champions (soccer). We've gotten to do that several times through the years -- with Coach Scott B. and The Burn and now with Coach Scott P. and The Raptors.


  • Just wondering...

    In college, I was often a "not so eager" student. In Economics one day, the professor stopped class and said,"You don't care for economics, do you Miss Cooper." I didn't know I had been so obvious.

    Do professors still love "not so eager" students?

    By Blogger That Girl, at 12/01/2005 05:21:00 AM  

  • TL, I love my not so eager 9th graders. They're ADD, they're loud, restless, talkative. Can't speak for Mike, but as for me and my high school students, we're a match made in heaven. :)

    By Blogger Jon, at 12/01/2005 05:43:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Brad, at 12/01/2005 06:17:00 AM  

  • tl,
    I had the same problem in preaching school. Though I would have pages full of notes in the lectures and make A's on everything, it seemed I had a look that one day caused one of the teachers to stop class, look at me and say, "Uh, Brad, are you still with us?" My son has the same look.

    By Blogger Brad, at 12/01/2005 06:21:00 AM  

  • TL - Each summer I pray that God will give me some of those not-so-eager students.

    By Blogger Mike, at 12/01/2005 06:41:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Thanks for reminding to go back and refresh myself in "Mere Discipleship." Lee was one of my best teachers in graduate school.

    I teach the same class (called "Discovering the NT") at Rochester College. This is my first semester. I've found two texts extremely helpful: "The Moral Vision of the NT" (Hays) and "Following Jesus" (NT Wright).

    I may hit 'em with "Mere Discipleship" next semester.

    Overall, I am so impressed with the students at Rochester. Of the 44 students in this freshmen class, only 12 have a background in Churches of Christ--this makes the conversation pretty lively. Especially when we get to "the Spirit," etc.

    By Blogger Josh.Graves, at 12/01/2005 06:51:00 AM  

  • Ufortunately, in my non-art related classed (I'm a Graphic Designer) I was very much a "not so eager student." I guess artist never were good at math anyway. Sigh!

    Just finished reading the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Can't wait to see the movie.

    By Blogger Matt Warren, at 12/01/2005 07:10:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Rick Ross, at 12/01/2005 07:12:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    I appreciate your blog so much. Today, I am writing as a broken-hearted daddy. You know my duaghter, Jenny and her husbend David. In fact, you dedicated their daughter, Malaya. I am asking you and your readers to go to Jenny's blogsite and leave her a note of encouragement and join me in storming the throneroom today on their behalf. Thanks.

    By Blogger Rick Ross, at 12/01/2005 07:16:00 AM  

  • Sorry, I keep forgetting to leave Jenny's blog address. It's www.kindermommy.blogspot.com. Thanks.

    By the way, you and Rick have both served as great preaching models for me. Blessings.

    By Blogger Rick Ross, at 12/01/2005 07:19:00 AM  

  • Extreme right brained and often had the look of "deer in headlights" or the Bambi look as I like to refer to it.

    Thank God for teachers (Mike) who love us not so eager creative ones.

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 12/01/2005 07:34:00 AM  

  • My tickets are for a week from today! It is good to be near LA for movie purposes!

    My Pepperdine students are showing signs of wear and are ready for the official end of the semester!

    By Blogger Jen, at 12/01/2005 08:17:00 AM  

  • In the category of not so eager…

    I remember it like it was yesterday. But it was 23 years ago. I was a junior Bible major in a 2:00 class. It was a spring day and the room was warm, my stomach was full from lunch, and I was sitting next to a cool concrete wall – which I happened to lean my head against during class.

    About ¾ of the way through class I lost all consciousness and drifted off. My good natured instructor had a wicked sense of humor.

    The next class to use the room was a freshman English Comp class. My instructor dismissed my class and had them file out of the room quietly and then bid the English Comp students and their instructor to come into the class quietly. The English instructor is a sweet woman, who also had a great sense of humor.

    Once they were seated she began the class and very soon the sound of her voice brought me to the surface. I looked around and discovered that I was now in a class full of freshman – and my instructor was standing beside the window of the classroom door pointing and saying – “I finally got you!”

    Needless to say – I never fell asleep in his class again.

    By Blogger J A Pierpont, at 12/01/2005 09:04:00 AM  

  • My freshman year at ACU was my first year of private Christian school. In Dr Brecheens Bible 101 I learned how different it is to study the Bible as a text book. I called my Mom and said "This isn't like Sunday School anymore!" Dr. Brecheens tests were really hard! I also remember the first time I saw someone cheat on a Bible test. I thought lightening might strike. To cheat is bad, but to cheat in Bible!!!

    I sorta miss those days, all but the exams!

    By Blogger SG, at 12/01/2005 09:55:00 AM  

  • I learned respect for Rick about 10 years ago while serving as an intern at RHCC, not only for his focus and inspiration, but because he kept beating me at HORSE.

    My wife and I are on schedule to complete our nightly readings of TLWW before opening night. Looking forward to it.

    By Blogger H. Heflin, at 12/01/2005 10:14:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    Regarding soccer, I'm glad you and your family are enjoying "The Beautiful Game." Our family has been traveling to tournaments for years and we have created many great memories along the way.

    Soccer is a cruel mistress--sometimes she crowns you king and at others she turns her back in the most heartbreaking ways. As you know, goals can be few and far between and the team that plays the best many times doesn't win. I have made my peace with it all by accepting come what may and learning to appreciate the site of a striker running on to a perfectly placed defender-splitting through ball (with the linesman's flag remaining down, of course). Whether it results in a goal or not, it's still poetry in motion.

    Good luck in your tournament. Tell your son to play hard and play well and all else is gravy.

    By Blogger mike the eyeguy, at 12/01/2005 10:16:00 AM  

  • Mike, I guess at Cascade we are a week later than you all. We have finals in 2 weeks. Seems like the ACU students may be home resting up while we Northwest folks are cramming.

    By the way--isn't it nicer to give finals than when we had to take them?

    Ron Clark, Portland, OR

    By Blogger KMiV, at 12/01/2005 02:35:00 PM  

  • Rick,

    Thanks for asking us to pray.


    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/01/2005 03:02:00 PM  

  • ACU made an great choice by choosing Rick--his preaching has blessed our family for 15 years now--and I am so thankful for his ministry.

    "Mere Discipleship" has changed the way I read the New Testament. It's an incredible book.

    By Blogger jettybetty, at 12/01/2005 09:27:00 PM  

  • Rick - Thanks for that note and link, brother. I read your daughters poignant words of faith. Josh had already invited me to be praying for her and David.

    Ron - Yes, I don't mind giving tests! Since there are 100 students, I pretty much have to give objective exams (think: scantron!!). Now, through the semester my students have to write two short papers. That isn't a lot of fun for the prof.

    By Blogger Mike, at 12/02/2005 04:45:00 AM  

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